a partial lunar eclipse and a blue moon! (not visible in North America though )
i know, right?
Eclipses of the moon occur twice a year, on average. Each eclipse is visible only on the half of the Earth turned towards the moon at the time the Earth's shadow falls on the moon.
There will be a partial eclipse of the moon on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31. Because of its timing, it will not be visible in North and South America, but will be visible over most of Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The event will also mark the second full moon of the month in North America, thereby garnering the title of "blue moon." Unless unusual atmospheric circumstances come into play — such as widespread dust from a volcano — the moon will not be blue, however.
Since it is a partial eclipse, the moon will just brush past the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, never becoming totally immersed. It will, however, be deep enough into the shadow that shading and reddish color should be visible.
Even though the eclipse isn't visible for most of us in North America, it's still possible to enjoy this event through astronomy simulation software like Starry Night. An armchair skywatcher can use this software to view the eclipse from any point on Earth.
Here's how the eclipse will play out (these times will be the same for most of western Europe and central Africa):
As the sun sets in the southwest, the full moon rises in the northeast. At 6:17 p.m. local time Friday the moon begins to enter the Earth's shadow, though it is undetectable at first. At 7:52, the moon enters the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, called the umbra. Maximum eclipse is at 8:23, and the moon leaves the umbra at 8:53. The last traces of the shadow are gone by 10:28.
Observers in other parts of the Old World will have to make adjustments for their local time zones. Australians may catch a glimpse of the eclipse just before moonset at dawn on Jan. 1. Again, the eclipse is not visible from the Americas.
That still sucks. Maybe there'll be a lunar eclipse sometime after...that's actually visible from North America.
10 or so years ago we had a solar eclipse. it was wild. everything was covered in an odd-looking filtered light that made everything look surreal.
A couple of years back I used to work the over night shift at this one store. During one night we had a lunar eclipse that made the moon a blood red - orange in color. Then when the sun came up it too was a blood red in color.
Pretty surreal and trippy.
i know. it gives everything a dreamlike quality. i can see how ancient man thought the gods were angry and stuff.
by Seiboi Misao 5 years ago
Why do we refer something of rare or that does not happen frequently as "once in a blue moon" ?
by maw162 9 years ago
how lunar eclipse formed?
by Faith Reaper 4 years ago
Is a Blue Moon, such as the one tonight, ever really blue in color, or does it mean it is rare?Tonight there is going to be a special Blue Moon. I do not believe I've ever seen one, but wonder if it is called a Blue Moon because it is a rare happening, being there are two full months...
by Joan Veronica Robertson 6 years ago
How did the expression "a blue moon" originate? What does it mean?Please explain in detail and add different ways in which this expressionis can be used.
by zanak 9 years ago
what does it mean to have a blue moon on new years?
by sobhy 8 years ago
The Earth casts a long shadow behind the side facing the sun. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon enters the Earth's shadow. This shadow has two parts: the known completely in the shadow of the umbra and the partial shadow called the penumbra.When the moon is completely immersed in the umbra, a...
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